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Young Wellesley soccer player selected to go to Munich event

Wellesley’s Owen-Dillon Holmes travels next month to the FC Bayern Campus in Munich. [submitted]

A Wellesley soccer player has been chosen as one of three Canadians to join the FC Bayern Campus in Munich next month to compete against the FC Bayern Youth Academy.

Representing the top talent in North America, Owen-Dillon Holmes, a Wellesley Public School student, was selected last fall to be part of the ID camp near Buffalo, NY, alongside players from Canada and New York State.

From there he made the 14-player team that’s headed to Munich. Players will be attending from Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico.

This is Holmes first time taking part in the event, as well as it being the first time 10/11 year olds have been able to attend FC Bayern Munich, which is one of the biggest clubs in world football and has a proven track record for developing young players.

“We’re extremely proud of this achievement, and thrilled of the opportunity to represent in such important event,” said Sean Holmes, Owen’s dad.

Holmes plays for the Kitchener-based Global Premier Soccer Academy. He plays any position and has been recognized for his ball control, skill and speed with shot accuracy. For the last three years he has been playing the highest level for his age – in 2016/2017 he had the most team set play goals, last year he had the most assists.

In the past he has won individual awards at three separate events in skills and juggling, MVP in the Waterloo futsal league, and three championship wins in the last year.

Holmes will arrive in Germany on April 14, where for the next week he will have training sessions with FC Bayern staff coaches, compete in friendly matches, tour Allianz Arena Stadium as well as the campus before heading back home a week later.

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